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Following OPPA's (Office of Philanthropic Partnerships and Alumni) successful launch of the University’s first major fundraising campaign York Unlimited, we are now seeking to recruit a voluntary International Regional Coordinator to help create, build and shape a welcoming alumni community in your region.
This volunteering opportunity will come with a package of training and support from the University and is a perfect opportunity for you to broaden your network whilst playing an integral role in your global alumni community. The volunteer will work closely with OPPA as well as fellow alumni volunteers.
Purpose of the role
Our Regional Coordinators play a key role in our friendly and inspiring alumni community, a network that connects them with passionate, dedicated graduates around the world. They help to provide coordination, planning and administrative assistance to programmes designed to engage international alumni via our network of regional alumni groups.
Being an International Regional Coordinator in one of these groups is a unique opportunity to shape the alumni community in your region and develop your skills as an influencer and leader.
With OPPA’s support, volunteers will be required to undertake some or all of the duties below.
You will build and develop the alumni community within your region with support from OPPA. This will include working with OPPA to recruit further volunteers to assist in the running of the regional group. Having a wider network of alumni volunteers will help your group to run smoothly, by bringing complementary skills, whilst reducing your workload.
With help from OPPA and volunteers from your group, you will coordinate a programme of regional activities and events. You are expected to organise at least one event annually as a minimum. Colleagues from OPPA can help promote the event among fellow alumni in the region.
As a recognised contact for your region, you may be the first point of contact for local alumni, University staff or current students. You can help them by providing relevant information (given in your training) or direct them to relevant staff members or volunteers. Your contact in OPPA can help you find the relevant contacts.
You are responsible for collecting the event attendees information and sharing with your contact in OPPA. Contact lists which are circulated at events are approved by all participants for that event only and should not be circulated further beyond the event.
OPPA can help with setting up social network groups for your group. You are expected to update the group with relevant updates from the University and group.
Some groups need limited support from OPPA, however, it’s important to keep OPPA colleagues updated about your planned activities and developments as far in advance as possible.
You are encouraged to promote OPPA and the University’s activities through your regional group. This could include attending events taking place in your region (such as pre-departure events for offer holders, alumni social or professional events), volunteering opportunities or donating to the University.
You will be expected to take part in and successfully complete any training which the University provides to you in connection with this voluntary role and to stay up to date with developments at the University of York.
International Regional Coordinators may benefit from many opportunities, such as:
- Personal and professional skills training at the beginning of the tenure, and ongoing opportunities for continuing professional development
- Opportunities to develop and demonstrate your skills as an influencer and leader
- Professional networking and social activities with other University of York alumni
- Being an integral part of the active University of York community
OPPA will provide training materials and appropriate literature to support you, as well as ongoing support throughout.
This voluntary role gives you access to fantastic opportunities within York’s alumni network, but it is also a responsibility that requires commitment, careful planning and thought.
For further information or to discuss this voluntary role, please contact Aiko Mizumori Hirst, International Volunteering and Alumni Officer, Office of Philanthropic Partnerships and Alumni (OPPA), University of York via firstname.lastname@example.org.